Recent posts – Page 139

  • New Book Talk podcast: Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela

    Book Talk’s podcast for the November book is now live. In this month’s podcast Paul Gallagher and his guests are discussing Lyrics Alley , a book by award winning author Leila Aboulela. Lyrics Alley is an arresting read spanning two countries and a powerful Sudanese family. It takes place in 1950s...

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  • NaNoWriMo: On Drinking Coffee and Other Beverages

    Recent research suggests that people who drink coffee are less likely to be depressed , which is probably a good thing (although some writers seem to do quite well by being gloomy). A few of cups of coffee won’t do you any real harm, unless you’re not used to the stuff in which case it’s probably...

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  • Taking fun seriously

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: ‘joking with kids is no laughing matter’. Maybe it’s a pun or maybe you’re just goofing around and laughing . The BBC recently reported that by joking around with children and by participating in games that involve pretending and play, adults are giving...

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  • NaNoWriMo: Kirsty Logan's Survival Kit

    A notebook. Everyone likes a different type of notebook, but whether it's A4 or reporter-sized, lined or squared, make sure you can carry it wherever you go. That way you can make use of any spare snippets of time in your day to scribble down ideas, character sketches or plot points. A really big...

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  • NaNoWriMo: Selecting the Appropriate Tool

    Choosing the best writing tool for the job, a beginner's guide. 1) The sharpened stone This is popular amongst aspiring cavemen and proves itself to be a very handy multi tool. Not only can the stone be used to write with, but it is also useful for killing and skinning animals too (because it has a...

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  • Crime Scene Investigations at the Library!

    The school library is an invaluable resource for pupils who can use it confidently. Here, school librarian Chris Morrison describes how an amazing murder mystery project turns S1 pupils into library experts! Murder at Grim Marsh House is designed to introduce the library at Linlithgow Academy to...

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